By Jovan Krstevski
Monaco and luxury seems synonymous to me at least. I love the pleasant weather and the luxurious cars and of course, when talking about Monaco it almost always pertains to the super-yachts docked at the Port Hercules in Monaco. The sight of these boats gracing the waters is really splendid and of course, here comes Ulysse Nardin with their Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Monaco Limited Edition celebrating the brand’s collaboration with the Monaco Yacht Show.
Ulysse Nardin boasts of over 170 years of creating Marine Chronometers which is as profound as the history of sailing. So it is just right for Ulysse Nardin to be the official sponsor of the Monaco Yacht Show for eight years already. As for this year’s event, Ulysse Nardin has come up with the Monaco Limited Edition of the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph with notable changes only on the external design.
Being based on the same case design, the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Monaco Limited Edition still touts the original 44mm stainless steel case. I like how it keeps the original design particularly the robust feel of the polished and brushed stainless steel. The uni-directional bezel also shines sporting a saw profile and a wavy dark blue rubber insert representing the oceans. The screwed pushers and crown are also very neat as they’re protected by sapphire crystal on both front and back. I like it.
Now for the dial, we can clearly see the many aspects of Monaco itself. It sports specific texture even throwing in diamonds in dark blue on a lighter blue plate. I also like the hands representing the flag of Monaco using a white paint and a red line. The combination of Monaco colors looks surprisingly great considering that UN uses blue colors for their diver watch. Another very prominent feature on the dial is the 30-minute counter at 3 showing the heraldic pattern of the Principality of Monaco, as for me, I like how sporty it looks. The large and readable hands and indexes also make readability super easy. We can also see the 12-hour counter at 6 and the small date window jus below that. The second counter is at 9 completing the beautiful tri-compax layout.
As for power, the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Monaco runs on its own automatic, integrated, column-wheel driven calibre, the UN–150. It sports a silicon escapement that operates at 4Hz frequency and cranks out about 48 hours of power reserve. Part of this Calibre UN–150 is visible through the case back which is a neat way of greeting its wearer a nice day. Hmmm, its nice intricate finishings through the caseback is indeed a great way to start a day.
Finally, the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Monaco has only 100 pieces making it quite rare. It comes on a solid stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp alternating between polished and brushed surfaces just like on the case finish. Either way, this results to a very robust style. Add to that the 300m water resistance of the watch that also makes it a very qualified luxurious tool very well adapted to the Monaco luxury lifestyle. For more info, please visit ulysse-nardin.com